Riley H. Ross III
I have always wanted to be a lawyer. Seriously. Growing up, I always had a sense of right and wrong, fairness and justice, and I despised people and institutions that treated others unfairly. I also knew that some people needed help in protecting themselves. Some people needed someone to speak for them. I wanted to be that person.
Today, I have achieved my dream of owning my own law practice, where I can help people the only way I know how: by fighting for their rights and ensuring that they are treated fairly. Whether it is a criminal defendant facing the overreaching power of the government, an employee harassed and unfairly terminated, a motorist unfairly detained because he fit a profile or an everyday Joe injured because of someone else's negligence, my clients look to me to protect them and to make sure that the law provides them with all the rights and security to which they are entitled. I could not ask for a better job.
I am an experienced trial lawyer, with nearly 15 years of trial and litigation experience through my previous positions as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Norfolk, VA and as an attorney with Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., and with Miller, Alfano & Raspanti, Drinker Biddle & Reath, and Tucker Law Group in Philadelphia, PA. Additionally, after law school I clerked for the Honorable James C. Cacheris, U.S District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Through these positions, I have gained extensive experience in the areas of state and federal criminal law, white collar criminal defense, civil rights litigation, corporate compliance; internal investigations; employment law; and personal injury. These areas are varied because I have represented a wide variety of clients, including individuals charged with state and federal criminal violations; a major health care provider accused of defrauding the federal government; quasi-governmental entities accused of due process violations; individuals asserting civil rights claims against cities and law enforcement officers; private and public colleges and universities defending against § 1983, employment discrimination, and general liability lawsuits; and individuals asserting a variety of personal injuries.
Education and Licenses
I received a B.S. in Psychology from Longwood College, a M.A. in Experimental Psychology from Western Kentucky University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. I am licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Justice delayed is justice denied.
Professional and Community Involvement
I make it a point to be an active member of the national, state and local legal communities as a way to give back to the community. I am a member of the Practitioner's Advisory Group an advisory group to the U.S. Sentencing Commission. I serve on the Board of Directors for two highly effective organizations that were created to protect the rights of others: the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and the Defenders Association of Philadelphia. As an active member of the Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Federal Bar Associations, I am a member of the Executive Committee of the Federal Bar Association's Criminal Law Committee and a member of the following Pennsylvania Bar Association Committees: Minority Bar Committee, Civil and Equal Rights Committee and Federal Bar Committee. The legal community has recognized my professional activities through distinctions such as being recognized as a "2009 Lawyer on The Fast Track" and a 2010 and 2011 "Pennsylvania Rising Star". In 2016, I was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® honoree for the third year in a row. "Super Lawyers ®" is a rating service that recognizes outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The honor is given to only 5% of Pennsylvania lawyers.
During my time as an Assistant Federal Public Defender, I represented Derrick Kimbrough at the trial and appellate level and achieved the favorable sentence that was at issue in the landmark Supreme Court case, Kimbrough v. U.S., 128 S. Ct. 558 (2007). Kimbrough significantly reduced the crack-powder cocaine sentencing disparity under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and helped restore judicial discretion to federal sentencing.
Secured a Not Guilty jury verdict for a 28 year old man facing federal drug conspiracy charges. In the matter of United States v. Dorsey, et al., the client was tried with six others and the trial lasted nearly four weeks. The client was facing 30 years-to-Life in federal prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years.
Obtained a $290,000 judgment for a client suing a sports agency for breach of contract in connection with the referral of an NFL player.
Represented large health care corporation in response to U.S. Attorney's Office investigation of fraudulent billing of federal employees.
- Represented defendants in J & L Canterberry Farms, LLC, et al. v. Geostar Corp., Civ. No. 07-0163 (E.D. Pa.) and Ginaldi et al. v. ClassicStar et al., Civ. No. 08-00246 (E.D. Pa.), which were civil RICO matters involving private investments in a mare leasing company.
- Represented the City of Philadelphia during federal and state investigations of a city agency facing possible criminal charges in death of teenager.
- Represented anesthesiologist regarding investigation by U.S. Attorney's Office into his billing practices.
- Represented defendant in U.S. v. Comite, Crim. No. 06-00070 (E.D. Pa.), a criminal matter involving charges of fraudulent billing.
- Represented law firm defendant in Bayerische Hypo-Und Vereinsbank AG v. Anderson LLP, et al., Civ. No. 02-531 (N.D. Ok.), a civil matter alleging that the firm fraudulently induced corporate shareholders to invest in a ponzi scheme.
- Represented large corporate defendant in re: High Fructose Corn Syrup Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1087 (C.D. Ill.), a civil antitrust matter that followed the criminal prosecution of the corporation's principals.